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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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The 19-year-old University of Connecticut student now known to the Internet as “drunk mac and cheese bro” has a few regrets.

In a homemade YouTube video released on Oct. 11, Luke Gatti apologized for unleashing a drunken tirade at a food court manager who refused his repeated requests for macaroni and cheese when he entered a school café holding an open container of beer. Video of the incident quickly went viral.

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In the wake of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)'s announcement that he won't run for House speaker, David Brock, founder of Correct The Record, released a statement calling for an end to the House special committee on Benghazi. McCarthy caused an uproar last week when he suggested the committee successfully damaged Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's poll numbers.

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Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (R-NV) told the Republican party that the chaos over the succession contest for House speaker is no excuse for allowing the U.S. to default on its debt. In a statement released Thursday, Reid said that the GOP had devolved into "utter chaos" following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's announcement that he had dropped out of the race.

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said Thursday night that the Republican establishment should "pull the plug" on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) bid to become House speaker.

Ingraham posted a tweet calling for GOP leaders to intervene after McCarthy boasted that the House investigation into Benghazi hurt Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton politically.

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said on Friday morning that no President, including himself, would be able to prevent tragedies like Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, which left 10 dead.

“People are going to slip through the cracks,” Trump said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “What are you going to do, institutionalize everybody?”

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